Berks Catholic forward and Big 26 pick Parker Nein

Parker Nein saved his best for last.  Nein scored a game-high 18 points as Berks Catholic beat Conrad Weiser 46-29 in the West Reading League championship.  The 6'2, 185-pound rising senior knocked down three treys in his best performance of the summer.  Conrad Weiser was within 14-13 after the opening quarter.  "Mr. Dooley, he's a great coach. I trained with him when I was younger and he'll take them far this year," said Nein.  Mike Dooley was hired as the Scouts' new head coach in May.  Despite a (2-8) record in the regular season, Conrad Weiser was able to reach the West Reading League final.  Berks Catholic's coach knows a thing or two about winning as well.  Snip Esterly has piled up 792 career victories over 34 years at Berks Catholic and Reading Central Catholic.  "When he yells at you, it really lights a fire under you and makes you want to get better," Nein told SV Sports' Paul Roberts.  Berks Catholic held Conrad Weiser to four points in the second quarter and just two in the final period.  Kingston McKoy provided 13 points.  The rising sophomore was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday.  His older brother, Josh, is also returning for the Saints this winter.  Nein has high hopes for the upcoming high school basketball season.  "I think we can do exactly what we did last year and even more. If we all play for each other, we'll definitely make it far," he replied.  Berks Catholic went (23-5) a season ago while earning its fifth District 3 title in twelve years.  The Saints lost four starters to graduation including 1,000-point scorers JayJay Jordan and Ryan Koch.  Nein's top sport is baseball.  He played in the Big 26 Classic this month at FNB Field in Harrisburg.  Nein called it an "amazing" experience.  The right-handed pitcher had a 2.28 ERA for Berks Catholic this spring with 39 strikeouts in 33.2 innings.  Nein said he's getting interest from some local colleges.  He also shared his thoughts on the Phillies, Trea Turner, James Harden, and country music. 


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